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EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings had just completed their first fully padded practice of training camp on Monday as the team began walking off the field. It was a long, hot day, but one Vikings player — one — stayed on the field to take extra reps, blasting a blocking sled under the watchful eye of runnings backs coach Kennedy Polamalu. That player was none other than Duluth native C.J. Ham. Polamalu was asked if he was the one who wanted Ham to work on some things. "No, no, that's on him," Polamalu said. "He wants the extra work."
EAGAN, Minn.—After 52 years at Minnesota State-Mankato, the Minnesota Vikings moved their training camp to a new state-of-the-art Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, a sprawling complex on nearly 40 acres, but the importance of team building wasn't lost on them. So the Vikings are housing the team at a nearby hotel during training camp. So there will be no going to sleep in your own bed each night, boys. For Vikings fullback C.J. Ham, a Duluth native, he wouldn't have it any other way.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota native Nick Bauman purchased Super Bowl LII tickets shortly before the Jan. 14 "Minnesota Miracle" touchdown reception lifted the Vikings past the New Orleans Saints and into the NFC championship game. The euphoria was short lived, however, as the Philadelphia Eagles' convincing victory over the Vikings two weeks ago hit Bauman like a gut punch. Only one thought crossed his mind. "Sell 'em," Bauman said.
MINNEAPOLIS—The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the cursed NFL franchise they call Minnesota. The legend it's said came from 1969, when the Vikings won the NFL championship, only to lose the NFL Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy that went to the victor. The spirit of Ed Thorp, a former NFL referee, continues to haunt the Vikings, the most tortured franchise in the history of sport. Baloney. "There is no curse," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Vikings coach Jerry Burns was at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 17, to watch his team. "Burnsie, you're looking good," a reporter said. "You should get your eyes examined," Burns said, cracking his Burgess Meredith-like grin. At 90 years old, there isn't too much Burns hasn't seen, especially from a Vikings' perspective, with hopes pumped up, only to be quickly deflated. He offered his sage take on the Vikings' 34-7 bludgeoning of the hapless Cincinnati Bengals. "I think the other team made it easier for them," Burns said.
MINNEAPOLIS Six years ago almost to the day, the Minnesota Duluth football team closed the regular season with a 31-19 victory over Minnesota-State Mankato. A crowd of 3,458 gathered at Malosky Stadium on a sunny and mild afternoon to watch as the defending national champion Bulldogs secured a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs for the fourth straight year.
MINNEAPOLIS—As 90-degree temperatures descended on the North Star State over the past week, allergies soared as people mowed yards in late September. What was going on here? How could this be? Our world was turned upside down. It was the end of tater tot hot dish as we knew it. Pandemonium began to set in as the first signs of epidemic began trickling out of Minnesota Vikings' headquarters on Saturday, Sept. 16, when the team signed somebody named Kyle Sloter, a quarterback, off the 53-man practice squad.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings appeared to downplay the return of former running back Adrian Peterson, not so much by what they did, but what they didn't do. In the buildup to Monday night's season opener against the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings sent out releases detailing a 9/11 tribute and former receiver Randy Moss' induction into the team's Ring of Honor, but there was nary a mention of Peterson's return.